Every once in a while, it’s nice to be noticed.
GNPI-Ukraine produces mountains of materials and resources each year. Recently the center entered an original music video All Creatures of Our God and King in an international Christian film festival.
The festival, hosted in Kiev, Russia, brought together more than 30 production studios from around the world including Russia, Belorussia, Iraq, and Iran.
The video from GNPI-Ukraine won second place in the Best Music Video category and set the stage for Michael Bankovskiy to appear on Kiev’s leading cultural TV stations to talk about the ministry and the award-winning video.
Awards are nice, but the aim of the competition was something more.
“The goal of the event was to unite creative people who produce movies without violence,” said Elena Lubyanitskaya, office manager for GNPI-Ukraine. “(We want) to create a platform for helping to popularize moral, educational, and kind filmmaking in Ukraine and abroad.”
In addition to local TV stations broadcasting winning projects, GNPI-Ukraine was also invited to participate in the next festival, held in Cologne, Germany, in November of next year.
We’re honored to be part of a global network producing award-winning materials that not only promote Christian filmmaking, but produce eternal results.
Now that’s worth noticing.
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all . . . that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NIV)
“A Great Reception”
Eddie Gonzalez, a Christian worker in northeast Africa writes, “Our team has acquired a Solar Kit from GNPI-Uganda. This allows us to show the Jesus Film and other short films that address tough issues in this culture to be shown where there is no electricity. They’re currently being shown twice each week, and there has been great reception and requests for more films to be shown. We have shown the films in three different villages so far.” Click here to watch the video.
“A great venture is completed!”
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “The last two volumes of God’s Design for Science textbooks, a great venture of our ministry in the last two years, is completed! Praised be the Lord! More than 1,500 people representing various children’s ministries have attended a recent book fair and were very much interested in the resources we produce. All teachers who came received some books and videos as a gift. May these resources bring abundant fruit for His greater glory in the next generations!”
Producing Messages for Thanksgiving!
T.P. of GNPI-S.E. Asia shares, “During these days, we are replacing old lighting in the studio with LED lighting and also producing evangelistic messages in two languages for Thanksgiving.” Please pray for T.P.’s health to be restored. He has been ill for two weeks.
Surveying Spanish Speakers
International Director Bob Sartoris writes, “Pray for our coworker Bob Gurwell of GNPI-Mexico as he continues to survey the needs of churches in the Hispanic world, specifically in Puerto Rico where he traveled last month to meet with church leaders.”
Making International Connections!
Deepak Dhingra of GNPI- Chandigarh, India, has arrived safely in the U.S. for some important meetings in Ohio and also to take part in the International Conference on Missions (ICOM) in Kansas City, MO. Please pray that God will help Deepak make the best use of his time.
GNPI’s regional center in Damoh, India, is like a machine when it comes to cranking out new language productions of The Global Gospel! They have finished five languages in a little more than a year!
The thing is, after a new language is produced, it has to be duplicated and distributed before it reaches anyone, which costs about two dollars per copy.
Here is a quick look at how many DVDs have recently been distributed by GNPI-Damoh. And, these numbers only represent three of five completed languages that are available right now for distribution:
• 1,460 copies in Hindi. These were given to Christian preachers, individuals, families, children’s homes, other ministries in India, NGOs, schools, and village leaders near Damoh.
• 800 copies in Urdu. One interesting piece of information about the Urdu language is that many Indian Muslims speak this language. Five hundred copies have gone to individuals including many Muslim leaders and families. Mr. B.—the Muslim narrator of The Global Gospel in Urdu–took 200 copies to give to his circle of friends!
• 1,050 copies of the Marathi language. A government employee who is a friend of the ministry asked for 1,000 copies! He also works with many Indian radio studios and reaches out to many Indian fishermen.
On top of this amazing success, the Bengali and Gujarati languages are ready for duplication. With five more languages in various stages of production, duplication means multiplication!
Pain is never wasted when given to the Lord. God is so creative—you never know how He will use the pain we experience to bring Glory to Himself, and powerful testimony to others.
This type of useful pain is appearing in Mexico as a result to GNPI’s response to the growing drug culture. God is orchestrating redemption and the acceleration of his Message through the intersection of our work and people’s lives.
Several years ago GNPI-Mexico produced a documentary about the effect of alcohol and drugs in Latin culture called Adicciones. As part of the production they interviewed law enforcement, families of addicts, families who had lost loved ones to addiction, and addicts themselves.
Raziel was in a rehab facility at the time and he agreed to be interviewed for Adicciones. Time passed, and no one at GNPI-Mexico knew Raziel eventually finished his rehab and successfully left the life of addiction to become a youth minister.
After he became a youth minister, Raziel was invited to speak at an event organized by Pastor Estrada. Pastor Estrada had previously attended a GNPI-Mexico sponsored event, and received a copy of the Adicciones DVD.
While Raziel was in town, Pastor Estrada invited him and two unbelievers to his home for a meal. Afterwards, they decided to watch the documentary. Imagine the surprise of everyone in the room when Raziel’s interview came on the screen.
The two unbelievers and Pastor Estrada turned to Raziel and in one voice said, “Is that you?”
Raziel replied, “Yes! I did not know the project was finished!”
The rest of the video, and seeing first-hand how Raziel’s life had changed, so impacted the two unbelievers they made the decision that evening to surrender their lives to the Lord.
God is Sovereign, and he brings together special people in specific places to do purposeful things. Every week GNPI productions like this are distributed around the world. And every week we receive affirmation that people who are thirsting for the Living Water are finding it in these productions!
Without you, though, GNPI-Mexico couldn’t reach people like Raziel. Thank you for being part of that story. We believe it will help many more people trade their pain for a powerful testimony!
“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus.” – 1 Corinthians 1:4 (NKJV)
“We just understood about Jesus!”
T.P. of GNPI-S.E. Asia shares about a coworker using GNPI materials in the area of J. since 2011. The coworker has used the publication, Is Jesus Christ the Lord God? to explain the Gospel. The coworker listed the names and villages of many families who gave a testimony like this one, “We just understood about Jesus Christ. We have accepted Him as the true and living God. Please teach our son also.” These families said they wanted to be baptized. Praise God for these new believers in Asia!
A Testimony of a Changed Life!
Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Mexico says their team is now editing a short film based on the true-life testimony of Raziel, who was caught in drug addiction, spent time in rehab, and then became a youth minister. Please pray for the team to have wisdom in their decisions about this project, so it will clearly communicate the hope of Christ to viewers.
“The Best That God Has Put Aside”
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya, Africa, asked that we pray for the successful completion of the last two episodes of Tumaini Hotel, the Life Challenge Assistance Project, and a cooperative movie with On-Field Media, A Distant Boat. Isaac said, “We are almost done with the sound design stage for A Distant Boat. In addition, please pray for the Swahili version of The Global Gospel . We are conducting auditions soon. We pray that we get the best that God has put aside for using in this project. Continue praying for Nelly’s uncle who’s still in Intensive Care from the Westgate attack. His bill has also accumulated to a huge amount.”
“A Fresh, Gentle Wind”
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine says, “ I would like to share some exciting feedback we received from a Christian couple who are professors in several top level national universities in Siberia. Gennady Sidorov, Ph.D. (Biology) and Olga Shustova, Ph.D. (Philosophy) write, ‘Thank you so much for your wonderful resources! They are a fresh, gentle wind that helps to lead our young people in learning both the design of God’s creation and His holy will.’ May the Lord be praised!”
“Pray that the Lord will touch hearts.”
Tom Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand shares, “Please pray that the Lord will touch hearts in Thailand in response to those spreading the Gospel. Please pray that our efforts to raise the needed $2,000 per month to increase staff will be fruitful.” Tom and his wife, Gayle, have been ministering in Thailand for 32 years. They plan to finish their furlough and return to Thailand at the end of November.
The work is vital, but it could be compared to the tortoise—slow and steady.
Many people come to TP’s (our co-worker) office with questions about “the one true God.” The conversations they have lead to additional opportunities. The Southeast Asia team receives constant invitations to come to a village or someone’s home and teach.
Many times the invitations aren’t close to home. Sometimes, taking advantage of an opportunity to share the Gospel means traveling by bus or riding on the back of a motorbike. It may mean hiring a tuk tuk or a boat. It almost always includes walking many miles.
One thing is consistent—it’s never easy.
But, time and again, God has answered prayers and given us evidence of the fruit of our labors. Here are some of the results from a GNPI production in that area – designed specifically for the people in that region.
• One family was convinced after spending two days reviewing the GNPI production. They have decided to be baptized.
• In another village, a family was given a GNPI resource and after one week asked for a visit to share that they understood Christ and wanted to accept him as the true and living God. They asked for someone to teach their son.
• In yet another village, a family asked to have the difference in Jesus Christ and Gautama, the local god worshiped by many in the region.
There are even more stories about people who are choosing to abandon false gods for the one true God. This last quote truly emphasizes the impact TP and his team are making for Christ in Southeast Asia. The English isn’t perfect, but the Message is:
“I has been worshiping Gautama for more than 50 years, but I did not know the way of Gautama. I became to know about the history and reality of Gautama after you explained about him to me. And I also became to know about the reality of Jesus Christ by reading the (one of your resources).”
– Py, “L” village
Isn’t it interesting to see the hunger so evident in many for “the one true God.” They know they haven’t yet heard about him, and they know where to go to get it!
The tortoise worked slowly, but he eventually won the race. One by one, sometimes slowly, but surely, we’re winning people for Christ is Southeast Asia.
“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.” – Psalm 96:3-4
“An Excellent Assistance!”
A brother in India writes, “The Solar Kit provides an excellent assistance while preaching the Gospel. People comprehend better with live demonstrations and illustrations. Especially the children tend to be eager to unfold what the team has in store for them. In one meeting, an entire family accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and wanted to be baptized. Despite of all odds, the team is relentless to go ahead each day to preach to different people to hasten the Kingdom of God. Thank you for your love, concern, and support to carry on The Great Commission that Jesus has commanded us to carry forward.”
“Our Journey of Media!”
T.P. of GNPI-S.E. Asia writes about his coworker who was traveling in August and September, “G.P. trained 12 people for more than a month for six hours a day. Now these people are gathering footage from the fields, and G.P. is back home. We just started to train young people to work with us to cover the next generations in seven divisions and seven states of this country by the Word of God. It is the starting point of our journey of media. Next year we will train some in another state.”
“I thank the Lord!”
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines shares, “Every day, I thank the Lord for the good health I continue to enjoy, which enables me to scramble this way and that. That is a big thanksgiving for me. I get a lot of teasing in church about my cooking skills, or the utter lack of them, but I really thank the Lord, too, for all the other gifts that I have. That goes for the rest of the team here. Technically, there are just three of us on a full-time basis, but that will be increasing to four if the scriptwriter delivers as expected. I thank the Lord for each one of them, for their dedication, commitment, and creativity.”
Vince Vigil of GNPI-Uganda writes, “We are starting auditions for the Luganda version of The Global Gospel. Please be praying for God to be in this process and for us to find the right person.” Pray for Vince and Joy and their two young children in preparation for their trip to the U.S. this week for their furlough.
“An important part of God’s work!”
One of our prayer partners from Indiana writes, “Thank you so much for keeping me on the prayer list. It is so great to feel like I am a part of the work by praying for all the needs around the world. As an older and less physically able person, I do what I can, but knowing I can always pray lets me know I am still an important part of God’s work. May God bless all the efforts of GNPI and all those associated with this great work.”
We often talk about Protus Sibukule and the NOMaD team in Eldoret, Kenya, so you may be familiar with the work being done among the Pokot people. God is changing that tribe through these men, and their reputation is becoming known!
The principal of a high school in the Pokot district heard about the impact they have made with media evangelism, and how incidents of cattle rustling are declining.
The principal invited the Eldoret team to his school for a one day rally featuring their productions including Tough Choices, and two episodes of Tumaini Hotel.”
Protus and the Eldoret team took advantage of the invitation.
“We thought it wise to begin by reaching to the students and youth, many of whom have been involved in cattle rustling,” Protus said. “(Our goal) was to help teach them the word of God so that they can know God, believe in Him, and make Him known to their neighbors.”
The messages to the high schoolers were so well received that after watching the videos, many students repented!
We are so encouraged at how the work this NOMaD team does changes lives. We hope you are too! They are producing such excellent content that they are garnering invitations to share it with others.
Reputation matters. That reputation is being developed in Eldoret, Kenya through biblically accurate, culturally relevant media made possible by you!
“Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.” – John 11:41
Surpassing the Solar Kit Goal!
A friend of the ministry from Kansas sent this note with her recent gift, “This is for a Solar Kit! We have wanted to do this for a long time. We are praying for the people who will use this and the people who will see the movies!” Thanks to individuals like this one, GNPI has reached the goal! We have received funds for 111 Solar Kits already this year. Thank you to everyone who helped us. The Solar Kits are going out to help Christian workers all over the world.
“Thank you for praying!”
International Director Bob Sartoris shares an answer to prayer. Bob says, “We finally received the paperwork yesterday to finalize an agreement with Biblica for the use of four translations of the Bible for The Global Gospel . This one contract will allow us to move forward with the Arabic, Kiswahili, Thai, and Tagalog versions for north Africa, east Africa, Thailand, and the Philippines. Now join in praying that these versions will go out with power and impact in the world as the story of Christ is shared through this project!”
“Truly Exciting News!”
Lena of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “The music video, All Creatures of Our God and King (Click here to watch), won second place in the “Best Music Video” category! Our ministry was invited to take part in the first international Christian film festival The Light that took place in Kiev in the last few days of September. The festival brought together representatives from more than 30 Christian video production studios from Ukraine, Russia, Belorussia, Iraq, Iran, and the United States. Local TV channels will broadcast the awarded projects. Praised be the Lord!”
Suitcases for the Silkwoods!
Tom Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand writes, “We are doing well. Right now Gayle and I are in Wyoming and getting ready to show our film, The Bridge, tonight. Then we are off to Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri. My blood pressure is much better and I’m feeling pretty good. Our houses are being shown back east. We pray that they will sell. Please continue to pray for good contacts and for good partnerships for ministry. Thanks for your prayers.”
Deepak Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, communicated to Director of Operations Tom Nutt, “Thanks for connecting me with this young man, M. At first I was very hesitant to meet him. After some of our GNPI staff met and prayed with him, it looks like there might be some doors opening for us to share the Gospel through DVD using the The Global Gospel through this young man into the most dangerous area of India.” These days we are very careful and don’t want a terrorist to come and sneak into our church, as we live in a dangerous zone. Recently there was an attack in a church on the Pakistan side where hundreds of Christians were killed. Continue to pray for me and our staff to have God’s wisdom and His leading to help this young man in his relationship with Christ.”